MITT ROMNEY’S “WALTER WHITE” MOMENT
You can watch this whole clip, or you can just skip to 2:28, when Mitt Romney’s pride gets the better of him.
He was holding a press conference in a store (this was from 2008) and a reporter was asking him some questions, and Romney didn’t like it. But rather than do the smart thing and walk away from it, he doubles back after finishing the press conference— pushing past a woman who is applauding him, without so much as NOTICING THAT SHE IS STANDING THERE, to get in this reporter’s face.
Everything about Romney’s demeanor in this moment reminds me of Walter White. The simmering, impotent rage, the feeling that he has been wronged and that He Must Be Respected…
“Listen to my words, alright? LISTEN to my words.”
I can practically picture him putting on the Heisenberg hat and adding a derisive “Jesse” to the end of that phrase. It’s not hard to imagine that Walter White goatee on Romney’s face as he barks “Let me COOK it!”
Obviously, there are a lot of differences between MR and WW. But that core flaw, that strange pride combined with a sense of aggressive entitlement, is definitely a shared trait.
They are also both very bad at small talk, trying way to hard to seem genial. Romney’s speech about loving cars and the trees being the “right height” sounds almost like something Walter White would say in a moment of social discomfort.
I will say this, though: even Walter White wouldn’t have insulted those people who gave him cookies. He may be a monster, but insulting people who give you cookies is just WEIRD.
And here’s another awkward, terrible “in-the-moment” clip to add to the one I just posted!
Also “White” would be a great nickname for Mitt! HA. HA. HA.
I think it’s the clothes and posture that scream “Walter White” as much as anything.
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